Officeworks Goes Solar | Positive Difference Plan 2025


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Although they do stationary, Officeworks isn’t stationary when it comes to going 100% renewable.

Officeworks has joined the burst of big businesses committing to 100% renewable energy over the next five years.

Similar to Bunnings, Officeworks’ Positive Difference Plan 2025 outlines its strategy to use only renewable electricity to power Officeworks operations by 2025 and reduce their emissions to net-zero by 2030.

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So How Will They Achieve 100% Renewable Energy

Officeworks aims to hit their 2025 clean energy goal by installing 6MW of solar across 80 store and office locations.

The solar array will only account for 30% of Officeworks store electricity needs but it’s only the first step in a series of renewable energy plans including Purchase Power Agreements (PPAs).

For example, a solar battery scheme is also in the pipeline to remove missed or wasted solar energy generation.

 “We’d do an assessment for each site as the systems are sized according to electrical load profile and then roof capacity which varies across locations,” says Officeworks’ Energy and Carbon manager Patrick Heaney.

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The Positive Difference Plan 2025 also outlines a strategy to plant two million trees as a carbon offset solution. Officeworks two million tree project aims to protect natural habitats for Australia’s wildlife and reject deforestation.

Officeworks History With Clean Energy

Since 2015, Officeworks has already reduced its emissions by 26%. This is largely part to the installation of LED lights in 99% of their stores.

As highlighted by Patrick Heaney “the major takeaway for us is the best way to reduce energy consumptions or emissions is to not use it in the first place.”

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If like Officeworks you want to fight for our planet and save on your power bills at the same time, then why not install solar?

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.

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